In a letter dated 14 June 2011, the (State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science (hereafter referred to as: the State Secretary) requested the Restitutions Committee (hereafter referred to as: the Committee) to issue a revised recommendation on the application for restitution by I.A. O.-V.A.B., of Castle M., D.S. (hereafter referred to as: the applicant) of the painting Portrait of a married couple by Pieter Codde which is currently in the Dutch National Art Collection under inventory number NK 2550. The work of art whose return the applicant has requested is in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.
The said application for restitution was rejected in a decision taken by the State Secretary on 13 October 2010, in accordance with the Committee’s recommendation of 6 September 2010 (case number RC 1.102). In response, in a letter dated 18 May 2011, the applicant requested the State Secretary to reconsider the decision. Further to this request, the State Secretary requested the Committee to issue a revised recommendation on the basis of the arguments put forward by the applicant in her letter of 18 May 2011.